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    I'd order footwear by mail...wouldn't shoe?

    A week ago I was browsing eBay and I saw a really good-looking pair of men’s shoes, from China and for only about 20 bucks.

    I ordered and in less than a week the shoes arrived. They looked and felt great!

    The only problem is, they STINK to high heaven, rubber and leather smells, I put them in the garage overnight but this morning they still smell - BAD!

    Any suggestions on how to eliminate the odor? Will it go away by itself within a few more days? If not, how can I get rid of the two separate odors?

    Can’t wait to start wearing the shoes, they’re good-looking and comfortable.

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    Re: I'd order footwear by mail...wouldn't shoe?

    It's the same with cars, they arrive from the showroom reeking of newly-cured leather, wood polish and warm oil. Well, they do where I come from anyway.

    I'd imagine the reaction to the shoe-smell you describe varies depending on who's doing the smelling. To a Chinese youth it may equate with success. You might even be able to buy it as an aerosol. America has had longer to get used to footwear consumerism but there are parts of Lancashire where the majority only had access to clogs back when I was a lad, consequently the smell of fresh leather on crepe rubber soles still works for me.
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    Re: I'd order footwear by mail...wouldn't shoe?

    I'm sorry. All I can think of are fish insoles...not much help in reality...
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    Re: I'd order footwear by mail...wouldn't shoe?

    I would never buy shoes online, anything that is critical to try on, whatever they cost is a no no.
    Hang them outside for the wind to blow through them, fresh air works wonders.

    Have you considered the smell may be added afterwards to enhance the faux leather shoes ? Leather shoes might smell of leather, but never over powering enough to STINK.
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    Re: I'd order footwear by mail...wouldn't shoe?

    Vinegar and baking soda come to mind, but the actual application has slipped from memory, so care would be recommended.
    I know that Tomato juice seems to work with clothing after a Skunk attack. You might try that.
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    Re: I'd order footwear by mail...wouldn't shoe?

    A skunk attack is something ill never know.

    Bought a pair of boots yesterday for work.(i hear its always important to buy shoes in pairs..... who knew?)
    $180 later.....they are leather with no smell at all.....ive been robbed!

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    Re: I'd order footwear by mail...wouldn't shoe?

    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    Vinegar and baking soda come to mind, but the actual application has slipped from memory, so care would be recommended.
    I know that Tomato juice seems to work with clothing after a Skunk attack. You might try that.

    Don't know why, but baking soda was my first thought. Viniger, well, it is one of those things sounds about right, kinda some home remedy.

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